Last August 23-25, 2013, the IGA-Kendo Club sent representatives to be part of the Philippine Delegation to the 10th ASEAN Kendo Tournament (AKT) that was held in Penang, Malaysia. This marked the return of the Philippines to this event after a 12 year hiatus.
IGA-Ken sent the following to compete: Kristopher Inting (co-delegation manager and Men’s Team B Taisho), Neil Andrew Bascos (Men’s Team B Fukusho), Ricky Daniel Reyes (Men’s Team B Senpo), Joshua Romeo Espiritu (Men’s Team B Jiho), Jan Rafael Javier (Men’s Team B Chuken), Vincenzo Hernandez (Men’s Team A Fukusho), Loida Estanilla-Inting (Women’s Team Taisho), Ethyl Jane Angeles (Women’s Team Fukusho), Maria Bianca Abriol-Santos (Women’s Team Chuken), Blesylda Tatad Busto (Women’s Team Jiho), and Isak Isobel Empeno.
The first day of the event was for the dan-grading exam and a bogu making seminar. Mr Inting successfully passed his sandan test on this day.
The actual tournament was held over two days, Aug. 24-25, and was divided into Men’s Individual, Men’s Team, Women’s Individual & Women’s Team events. For the Men’s Individual, in spite of a valiant effort by all players, no one was able to get past the elimination rounds.
For the Women’s Team event, they drew against Vietnam B and won against Thailand B, but this was not enough to get them past the elimination rounds.
In the Women’s Individual event, Ms Empeno managed to sneak past the first round of eliminations, but eventually bowed out during the second round. In the Men’s Team event, the Men’s Team B lost to ASEAN powerhouses Indonesia A and Thailand A.
Though this seems like a dismal record, the IGA-Ken squad did make some small waves. Ms Estanilla-Inting bagged a Fighting Spirit award (given to outstanding performances) for the Women’s Team event. Mr Inting added a touch of drama to the event when he fainted after completing a hard fought match against the Thailand Taisho. They may be small ripples for now, but hopefully this will turn into bigger waves in time for the next international tournament.
All in all it was a good experience. It was a chance for the IGA-Ken members to compete with their ASEAN neighbors, make new Kendo friends, and learn new lessons. This is something that the delegates hope to have again in the 11th AKT to be held in Thailand some time in 2016. So see you there!
10th AKT Women’s Team Matches – Vietnam B vs Philippines
10th AKT Women’s Team Matches – Thailand B vs Philippines
10th AKT Men’s Team Matches – Indonesia A vs Philippines B
10th AKT Men’s Team Matches – Thailand A vs Philippines B
10th AKT Women’s Individuals
10th AKT Men’s Individuals
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